March 23, 2014
By Paul Delos Santos
Special to UNLVRebels.com
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) – UNLV baseball (16-7/9-3 Mountain West) took the rubber match of its three-game series against San Diego State (17-6/5-4 MW) 9-1 on Sunday at Earl E. Wilson Stadium.
Sophomore Bryan Bonnell (3-1, 1.55 ERA) shined on the mound, pitching the second complete game of his career and captured his third win of the season. He allowed one run on seven hits with one strikeout and did not surrender a walk and earned his sixth quality start of the year in as many outings in the process.
The Rebels jumped out to a lead early, scoring four runs in the first inning. Patrick Armstrong drove in Justin Jones for the first run with a double down the left field line. The next batter, Eric VanMeetren, laid down a well-executed bunt to score T.J. White. Then Joey Armstrong drew a walk and stole a base, setting the table for Morgan Stotts, who brought in both Armstrongs with a single to the right side.
UNLV added another run in the fifth inning when VanMeetren drove in Joey Swanner with a single to the left field. The Rebels tacked on two more in the sixth after Torres drove in Stotts on a single to left center before being brought home by Jones on a double to right field.
San Diego State got a run in the top of the seventh when Tyler Adkison doubled home Spencer Thornton. UNLV got the run back in the bottom half of the inning when Torres tallied his second RBI of the day, driving in VanMeetren with a single.
The Rebels scored their final run of the game in the bottom of the eighth when Pat Armstrong scored White on a single down the left field line.
Torres went 3-for-4 with two RBI, while Stotts went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI. Pat Armstrong (2-for-5) and VanMeetren (2-for-3) also had strong days at the plate and drove in two RBI apiece as well.
Mark Seyler (4-2) took the loss for San Diego State, going five innings. He allowed seven runs on nine hits and struck out two.
The Rebels return to the field to host Utah Valley for $2 Tuesday at 6:05 p.m. PT. Fans can purchase tickets in advance online for $2.00 and can enjoy $2 beer at the ballpark. Sophomore right handed pitcher Kenny Oakley (0-2, 1.47 ERA) is projected to be on the hill for UNLV, while the Wolverines (7-16) will go with senior RHP Devin Nelson (1-3, 4.15 ERA).
Fans can purchase their tickets to any home games online and save money. Visit UNLVtickets.com to purchase a ticket for just $5 and select the "Free Will Call" option. The deal expires three hours before the first pitch of every home game. Prices for individual games are $8 for adults, $6 for faculty/staff and seniors and $5 for groups of 15 or more (group tickets must be purchased at least one day in advance for the game). Children 12 and under and UNLV students with a valid student I.D. are free.